Chatfield VFW, auxiliary to be busy around Veterans’ Day

By: 
Gretchen Mensink Lovejoy

Chatfield Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and auxiliary members plan to observe Veterans’ Day with a visit to the elementary school and a dinner at the VFW post a few days beforehand – opportunities for sharing with the community about the service that Chatfield’s veterans have given to their country.  

“It’s to honor the veterans of our country, either deceased or living, to thank them for keeping us free,” said Chatfield VFW Auxiliary member Deb Jorgenson.

The auxiliary and VFW sponsor various projects to teach children about patriotism and honoring veterans, and that’s the beginning, she noted, of a lifelong education on what freedom really means. The post does a coloring contest for elementary school students, holds the Voice of Democracy essay contest and awards scholarships. 

Also, members are going to be in attendance at the school program Monday of the post and auxiliary so the students get to visit with veterans.

Jorgenson likes being a member of the VFW auxiliary because it affords her the opportunity to visit Chatfield’s veterans. 

“I enjoy taking things to the veterans at the care center,” she said. “The Sassy Quilters of town donated six quilts that they make to the auxiliary, and we in turn take them to the care center or someone who’s homebound.  The residents tell us stories about when they served.”  

The auxiliary is always busy in many other ways. The auxiliary did meat raffles earlier this year at the post and worked bingo in October.  It also had a memorial luncheon on Memorial Day, helped the post at the chicken barbecue at Western Days in which the money raised goes to veterans in the community, as well as the county, state and nation.

The auxiliary also donated to the war memorial at the Fillmore County Fairgrounds and to the Eagles’ Cancer Telethon. People might have seen some of the auxiliary members marching in the color guard at parades. The auxiliary is currently making a silhouette out of poppies – a military man kneeling with his gun in front of a cross — that will be done for the December meeting in Preston. They also work with the schools to educate the kids about Veterans’ Day. 

Presently, the Chatfield VFW Post 6913 and auxiliary are busy preparing for their annual chili feed slated for this Saturday at the VFW post home.  Jorgenson extended an invitation to the public to join them for the dinner and share in conversation with the veterans who belong to the post.  The feed is Saturday, Nov. 9, at the post home at 5 p.m. The veterans can come in with family and friends and visit with everyone, Jorgenson noted.